Participants: Danny Milenkov
Series Code: FGW
Program Code: FGW000021A
00:26 Welcome to "The Search for Certainty."
00:28 It's good to see you all here today
00:30 and I know that we're going to enjoy this journey
00:33 into God's word.
00:34 The Search for Certainty is the series
00:36 that I believe is so important for the times
00:39 that we are living in, because we are indeed
00:41 living in very uncertain times as we are all very well aware.
00:45 Today's first message in this series is entitled,
00:50 "Living on the Edge of Eternity."
00:53 And I believe that we are indeed
00:54 living on the edge of eternity awaiting the greatest event
00:58 that is about to take place
00:59 and that is soon return of Jesus.
01:03 I want to begin by taking a look at this wonderful
01:06 and most incredible story
01:07 that we're all very well familiar,
01:09 the story of the Titanic.
01:12 The most famous ship that has ever set sailed.
01:15 The Titanic set sail back in April of 1912,
01:21 April 10, 1912 headed to New York
01:24 on its maiden voyage.
01:26 It was the most luxurious, the greatest,
01:29 the grandest ship that had ever been built
01:31 up until that time.
01:33 In fact it had a swimming pool,
01:34 the first ship to have a swimming pool on board.
01:38 And so as the Titanic set sail,
01:40 this indestructible ship that not even God himself
01:44 could sink as someone said as the,
01:47 as the Titanic set sail.
01:49 The whole world wondered
01:51 as to how quickly the Titanic would make it
01:54 from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
01:57 But as we all know, four days into the maiden voyage,
02:01 the Titanic struck an iceberg, at about 20 to 12 on April 14,
02:07 2 hours and 40 minutes later, the Titanic sunk.
02:11 Sadly 1,500 of the 2,200
02:17 individuals on board lost their lives
02:20 in this great tragedy.
02:22 This was the front page headline of the London Herald
02:26 back on April 16, 1912,
02:28 "Great loss of life, Titanic, the tragic story."
02:33 And indeed it was a tragic story.
02:36 You see, the Titanic had received many warnings
02:40 that there were icebergs ahead.
02:42 In fact, on the last day
02:44 we know of at least four warnings
02:47 that the Titanic received,
02:49 but none of those warnings were taken seriously,
02:51 and some of them were not even recorded
02:53 and relayed to those that needed to receive them.
02:57 The Titanic was going way too fast.
03:00 In the ensuing investigation
03:01 that took place in London and New York
03:03 to determine why the Titanic came to grief,
03:07 a number of things were discovered
03:10 that that helped us understand that the Titanic was not doing
03:15 what it should have been doing, is going way too quickly.
03:18 It was not taking heed to the conditions.
03:21 And sadly 1,500 individuals lost their lives.
03:27 I want to take a look at the final message
03:30 that the Titanic received
03:32 on that fateful evening on April 14.
03:36 But before we take a look at that,
03:38 I want to introduce you to three individuals
03:40 that were key individuals there on the Titanic.
03:43 We have there Joseph Ismay,
03:45 who was the owner of the Titanic.
03:47 We have Captain Edward Smith and we have Jack Phillips,
03:51 who was the radio operator,
03:53 the one who was receiving and sending messages.
03:56 Now, Joseph Ismay the owner, he wanted to set the record.
04:00 He wanted to set the record for the fastest journey
04:03 from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
04:05 This is in the days before airplanes
04:08 were commuting individuals
04:10 from one side to the other, and so,
04:12 there was the prestige and there was the,
04:15 there was the fame and honor associated
04:17 with who could get the passengers
04:19 from point A to point B in the quickest possible time.
04:22 And so instead of slowing down, he said, "full steam ahead"
04:26 although there were many warnings
04:27 that were given of icebergs ahead.
04:29 Now, Captain Edward Smith, he was under a lot of pressure
04:31 in order to comply with what the owner wanted.
04:34 And Jack Phillips on the other hand,
04:37 he was very busy sending private messages
04:41 of some of the rich and famous to those there in New York.
04:47 One of the messages that came through,
04:51 the final message was from Mr. Cyril Furmstone Evans
04:55 and this was on board the California.
04:58 Now the California was only 15 miles away from the Titanic
05:03 when the Titanic struck that iceberg.
05:05 And notice these words
05:07 that came out of the investigation
05:10 into the Titanic tragedy.
05:12 "Mr Cyril Furmstone Evans, 20,
05:15 was wireless operator aboard the California.
05:17 On the night of April 14, 1912
05:20 he warned Titanic that ice in the vicinity
05:24 had forced them to stop,
05:26 but he was rudely rebuffed by the wireless operator
05:30 of the Titanic, that is Jack Philips,
05:32 who was sending private messages
05:34 to the wireless relay station at Cape Race.
05:37 After this Evans turned in for the night
05:40 thus failing to hear
05:42 the distress signals from Titanic
05:45 which were broadcast a short while later."
05:47 You see 11:30, 10 minutes before the Titanic struck,
05:52 Evans went to bed.
05:54 Now, what was this rude rebuff
05:57 that he received from Jack Phillips?
06:00 We have the words, the exact words
06:02 that Jack Philip shared with Evans here they are,
06:06 "Shut up. Shut up. I'm busy. I'm working Cape Race."
06:12 They were the final words.
06:15 The final message,
06:16 "Shut up. Shut up. I'm working Cape Race."
06:20 Ten minutes later, the Titanic struck the iceberg.
06:23 The only ship as it turned out
06:26 that could actually do something
06:28 and save the people
06:29 on the Titanic was the California.
06:31 That was the ship that was nearest to the Titanic
06:34 and it would have taken the California
06:36 about an hour and half to get to the Titanic,
06:39 and it would have had about an hour and 10 minutes
06:41 before the Titanic sunk to try and rescue
06:44 as many people as could have been rescued.
06:46 The only ship, the only ship that could have made
06:50 a difference was told to shut up.
06:53 How sad, how tragic.
06:55 As I think of this story,
06:57 I cannot help but think of the words
07:00 that Jesus shared with us 2000 years ago.
07:03 The words that Jesus shared with the world
07:06 in connection with His second coming.
07:08 Now what will our attitude be to these messages of warning,
07:11 these messages of love.
07:14 We can make a decision today as to how we will respond.
07:18 Today we want to take a look at the words of Jesus.
07:20 Today we want to take a look at the words of God's word,
07:22 and we're gonna begin by asking God
07:25 to bless our time together in His Word.
07:27 So let's just bow our heads as we pray.
07:29 Father in heaven, as we're about to open up Your word,
07:32 we pray that You will open up our hearts and our minds
07:35 that we may be willing and able to receive the messages
07:39 that you have for us in these, in these uncertain times Lord,
07:43 we are seeking for certainty from Your precious word.
07:46 So we pray that you will guide and lead us
07:49 through Your Holy Spirit in Jesus' name amen, amen.
07:53 I want to begin by taking a look at
07:56 one of the most famous sermons
07:58 that Jesus shared on the eve of His crucifixion
08:00 found there in Matthew 24.
08:03 And notice how Matthew begins his account,
08:06 Matthew 24:1,
08:08 "Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple,
08:11 and His disciples came up to show Him
08:13 the buildings of the temple.
08:15 And Jesus said to them,
08:16 "Do you not see all these things?
08:18 Assuredly, I say to you,
08:20 not one stone shall be left upon another,
08:23 that shall not be thrown down."
08:24 And so Jesus here makes an incredible statement.
08:27 He told the disciples that this temple,
08:30 that is the pride of the Nation of Israel
08:34 will one day be destroyed
08:35 and not one stone will be left upon another.
08:37 Now we're gonna take a look at this story
08:39 in a future presentation, in the third presentation,
08:42 but the disciples believe
08:44 that this would bring about the end of the world,
08:46 and so notice what the disciples do
08:51 and what they say in Matthew 24:3,
08:52 we keep reading.
08:54 "Now as he sat on the Mount of Olives,
08:55 the disciples came to Him privately saying,
08:58 "Tell us when will these things be?
09:00 And what will be the sign of Your coming,
09:02 and of the end of the age?"
09:04 And Jesus answered and said to them:
09:06 "Take heed that no one deceives you.
09:08 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I'm the Christ,'
09:11 and will deceive many.
09:13 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
09:15 See that you are not troubled,
09:17 for all these things must come to pass,
09:19 but the end is not yet.
09:21 For nation will rise against nation,
09:23 and kingdom against kingdom.
09:24 And there will be famines, pestilences,
09:27 and earthquakes in various places."
09:30 Nonsense says the skeptics.
09:32 These aren't really signs of Jesus' coming.
09:34 We've always had individuals that have claimed to be Christ.
09:37 We've always had wars and rumors of wars
09:40 and pestilences and earthquakes and famines,
09:43 these aren't signs at all.
09:46 Well, Jesus went on
09:48 and He gave us incredible conclusive evidence
09:51 of what we were to look for regarding these signs.
09:55 Notice what He went on and said in verse 8,
09:58 "All these are the beginning of sorrows."
10:02 Sorrow, that's a very interesting word
10:03 that Jesus used for sorrows.
10:06 The word for sorrows that Jesus used
10:10 is the word labor pains, labor pains or contractions.
10:15 So what here, what Jesus was saying was that
10:18 "Yes, these, these signs will be evident
10:21 all the way from, from my day all the way
10:23 till the second coming, but like labor pains
10:27 they will intensify in frequency and severity."
10:32 That is the significance of the words of Jesus.
10:38 So today, we want to take a look at these signs.
10:40 The signs of Jesus which will be visible,
10:45 that will be progressive and that will be climactic
10:49 just like those labor pains.
10:52 So the question is, can we know the exact time
10:57 of Jesus' coming?
10:58 That's a good question, isn't it?
11:00 That's a question that a lot of people want to know,
11:02 "Can we know the exact time when Jesus will come?"
11:06 Notice what Jesus said in Matthew 24:36,
11:10 "But of that day and hour no one knows,
11:13 not even the angels of heaven, but who, My Father only,
11:18 My Father only."
11:20 So we cannot know
11:21 the exact time of Jesus' coming.
11:24 Why is that?
11:25 Because human nature being human nature,
11:27 we would leave our run until when?
11:29 Until right at the very end,
11:31 and so the world would not truly be converted,
11:35 the world would not really be in love with Jesus,
11:37 the world will not be fit for the Kingdom of God,
11:41 and so heaven would be
11:42 far worse than this world ever has been.
11:45 And so Jesus says,
11:46 "You cannot know the exact day of My coming."
11:50 It's important that we are ready.
11:51 It's important that our motives are right
11:54 when it comes to the coming of Jesus
11:56 but Jesus balanced up that statement with these words.
11:59 In Matthew 24:32, Jesus said,
12:02 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree:
12:04 When its branches already become tender
12:06 and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
12:10 So you also, when you see all these things,
12:13 know that it, that is his second coming
12:16 is near even at the what, even at the doors!"
12:19 So we cannot know the exact day when Jesus will come,
12:23 but we can certainly know
12:24 when it is near even at the door,
12:26 just like a woman, she does not know
12:28 the very moment that baby will be born.
12:31 But once those labor pains begin
12:33 and they intensify,
12:35 she knows that the baby is about to be born.
12:38 She knows that it is near.
12:39 Today, right now, we are living in the time of spring
12:44 and we are seeing the, the flowers budding
12:48 and we are seeing new life.
12:50 And we know that
12:51 what time of the season is near,
12:53 summer is near.
12:54 In the same way when we see these labor pains intensifying.
12:58 When we see different world events
13:00 that we're gonna be studying
13:02 in these next three presentations
13:03 all coming together.
13:05 When we see them all climaxing at the same time
13:07 and we see all the graphs heading north exponentially,
13:11 all at the same time, that tells us
13:13 that the coming of Jesus is near even at the doors.
13:17 So let's ask some very important questions
13:20 that by God's grace we'll seek to answer.
13:22 Is the coming of Jesus "even at the door?"
13:26 How big are the contractions on planet earth?
13:29 Are they getting bigger?
13:31 And the most important question of all,
13:34 how should we respond to the signs of the times?
13:40 It doesn't matter that you and I
13:42 know the signs of the times,
13:44 if we are not ready to meet Jesus,
13:47 knowing these things will not save anybody.
13:50 The only thing that will save us
13:52 is a relationship with Jesus.
13:54 That's the only thing that will save us.
13:57 All these signs designed to draw us to Jesus,
14:01 designed to bring us to a point of seriousness,
14:04 are designed to bring our priorities to the place
14:07 where they need to be.
14:09 And so as we take a look at these signs,
14:12 we want to take a look at how we can respond.
14:15 And I believe that this message will bring us great hope
14:17 and great certainty
14:19 in these times of uncertainty that we live in.
14:23 That is what Jesus said in Matthew 24:42-44.
14:27 Jesus said, "Watch therefore,
14:30 for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
14:33 But know this, that if the master of the house
14:36 had known what hour the thief would come,
14:38 he would have watched
14:39 and not allowed his house to be broken into.
14:41 Therefore you also what, be ready,
14:44 for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
14:48 So the message of Jesus is clear.
14:50 Watch and be ready always. Be ready always.
14:55 And the truth is, we do not know
14:58 when our last day on planet earth will be?
15:00 Do we?
15:01 Does anyone have any idea
15:02 when they're gonna breathe their last?
15:04 No. We have no certainty.
15:06 And so Jesus says, "Be ready always."
15:10 That way, whenever it is that I come
15:13 or whenever it is that you breathe your last,
15:15 you are safe and secure in my arms
15:17 because the truth and the reality is that
15:20 the day I breathe my last, I have made my decision
15:23 for or against Jesus,
15:25 for or against eternity with Him.
15:28 And so Jesus made it clear,
15:30 "Be ready now. Be ready always. Watch and be ready."
15:35 In fact, this is not something
15:36 that Jesus shared once or twice.
15:38 Over and over again.
15:40 We don't have time to take a look at all these scriptures,
15:43 but I've just pulled out just those,
15:45 those all important points that Jesus is seeking
15:48 to encourage us to watch in Matthew 25:13.
15:52 In Mark 13:37, Jesus says, "And I say to you,
15:55 I say to all: Watch!"
15:57 In Luke 21:36,
15:59 "Watch therefore and pray always."
16:00 And then finally in the Book of Revelation,
16:02 the last book of the Bible, Revelation 16:15, Jesus,
16:06 these are the words of Jesus,
16:07 "Behold, I am coming as a thief.
16:09 Blessed is he what, watches."
16:11 So the importance of watching cannot be understated,
16:17 and Jesus shares that over and over again.
16:20 So today, we want to begin by taking a look
16:23 at Signs in the Political World,
16:25 signs you can't ignore, Signs in the Political World.
16:30 In Matthew 24:6,
16:32 let's take a look at these words
16:34 that we've just read.
16:35 "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
16:38 See that you are not troubled,
16:39 for all these things must come to pass,
16:41 but the end is not yet.
16:43 For nation will rise against nation,
16:46 and kingdom against kingdom."
16:48 Now the truth is, ever since Cain killed his brother Abel,
16:52 conflict has been part and parcel
16:55 of this sin sick world that we live in.
16:57 There have been wars and rumors of wars
17:00 for the past 6000 years.
17:02 But the significance of Jesus' statement
17:04 and remembering the analogy that He used of labor pains.
17:08 Jesus predicted that just before His coming,
17:12 there would be conflicts on an international scale,
17:16 on a global scale such as we have
17:19 not witnessed in the history of this world,
17:22 and sure enough the last century
17:26 there were almost 200 million people
17:29 that were killed due to war and conflict.
17:33 World War I took the lives of some 20 million people
17:39 and it's called World War I because what?
17:41 World War II followed where there was more death,
17:46 and more destruction, and more loss of life.
17:49 Today, we are living in a world that is best summed up
17:53 by this front page of this Time Magazine.
17:56 I subscribe to Time Magazine
17:58 and it gives me a handle on what's happening in the world.
18:03 Don't have too much time to look at the news
18:05 or to see what is taking place and Time Magazine is,
18:08 is a good magazine, it just gives me,
18:10 gives me in a nutshell some of the key events
18:13 that are taking place, and this was the front cover
18:15 of Time Magazine back in January 12, 2009.
18:19 Notice that word, "Again, Again"
18:23 and that sums up the world that we live in.
18:25 You turn on your news, again there is another conflict
18:29 that has broken out in some part of the world.
18:32 Again, there is, there is a rumor
18:35 of another war about to brew.
18:37 There is conflict everywhere again, again and again.
18:41 Notice what the Apostle Paul said regarding our times.
18:45 So in 2 Timothy 3:1, the Apostle Paul wrote,
18:49 "But know this that in the last days
18:52 perilous times will come."
18:55 Now the last days according to scripture
18:58 began with the coming of Jesus
19:02 and would continue all the way through to,
19:04 through to the second coming of Jesus.
19:06 Now you're thinking, how does that work Danny.
19:08 The last days, I thought the last days
19:10 were right at the end,
19:11 while Jesus through His sacrifice
19:14 ushered in the last days of human history.
19:17 We could spend a lot of time on that,
19:19 but we don't have time,
19:20 but the importance of the last days
19:22 is that the last days,
19:24 just like those labor pains will intensify
19:28 until the very end of those last days
19:31 which is the coming of Jesus.
19:33 And so the Apostle Paul here speaks of the last days
19:35 and he says, "Perilous times will come."
19:38 That word there perilous,
19:39 I looked it up in the original Greek
19:43 which is what the New Testament was written in
19:46 and that word literally means
19:49 difficult, dangerous, hazardous, risky, unsafe,
19:53 treacherous, times fraught with danger.
19:57 Does that describe the times that we're living in?
20:01 Today, we live in a time when we have the capability
20:05 to destroy this world a number of times over.
20:09 We know of, we know of eight countries
20:12 that have nuclear weapons.
20:15 There's a couple of others like Iran and North Korea
20:19 that we're not quite sure.
20:21 The jury's out
20:22 as to where they're at with their nuclear aspirations.
20:28 But we have the ability today,
20:31 for the first time in human history
20:33 to destroy this planet a number of times over.
20:37 We are living indeed in perilous times
20:40 unlike at any other time in human history.
20:45 These are clear signs that we are living
20:49 at the very end of time and the coming of Jesus
20:52 as He pointed out was even at the doors.
20:56 I find this statement
20:58 from the Book of Revelation fascinating,
20:59 incredible, prophetic.
21:02 Notice these words
21:04 from the Book of Revelation 11:18.
21:08 John the Revelator writes,
21:10 "The nations were angry and Your wrath has come,
21:14 and the time of the dead, that they should be judged.
21:17 And that You should reward
21:18 Your servants the prophets and the saints..."
21:20 Notice the context of John's words here
21:23 are very clearly the second coming of Jesus.
21:26 It's at the second coming of Jesus
21:28 that Jesus gives His rewards to His servants,
21:31 the prophets and the saints.
21:33 It's at the second coming of Jesus
21:35 that that judgment takes place.
21:40 Notice John goes on,
21:42 "And those who fear Your name, small and great.
21:46 And that You should destroy those who what,
21:48 destroy the earth."
21:50 When John wrote these words
21:52 at the end of the first century,
21:54 some 1900 years ago, these words were laughable.
21:59 The mockers and the scoffers and the skeptics,
22:02 they had a field day.
22:05 How is it possible that humans will come to the point
22:08 where they have the opportunity,
22:11 where they have the capability to destroy this world?
22:15 Could you destroy the world 1900 years ago?
22:18 Absolutely not. What did they use for warfare?
22:21 They had knives, spears, bows and arrows,
22:26 catapult possibly, horses, that's what they had for their,
22:31 for their war and for their military.
22:33 There was no way you could destroy the world with,
22:36 with such weaponry.
22:38 But nobody's laughing today, are they?
22:40 Nobody is laughing today.
22:42 For the first time in human history,
22:44 these words are fulfilled.
22:47 We today have the capability to destroy the earth.
22:52 But I thank God for His Word. I thank God for His Holy Word.
22:57 I thank God for that same Book of Revelation
23:00 where God says that humans will not destroy this world.
23:04 The Bible tells us in the Book of Revelation
23:07 that God will hold back the winds of strife.
23:10 You can read about that in Revelation Chapter 7
23:13 that God's four angels will hold back
23:15 the winds of strife.
23:17 So that humans will not come to the point
23:20 where they will destroy this world
23:22 because the coming of Jesus
23:23 will be the climax of human history.
23:25 It will be the coming of Jesus that will put an end to life
23:29 on planet earth as we know it, not man.
23:32 And so I thank God for His word
23:34 because it gives me certainty in these uncertain times.
23:37 I can go to bed knowing that all will be well.
23:42 Relatively speaking in the world
23:45 and that man will not do.
23:47 Well, man may want to do if it was left up to man alone.
23:52 I love these words from Matthew 24:35.
23:55 You'll notice that we're spending
23:57 a lot of time in Matthew 24.
23:58 This is a key chapter on the signs of Jesus'
24:00 coming along with Mark Chapter 13 and Luke 21.
24:04 Notice here what Jesus says in Matthew 24:35,
24:07 "Heaven and earth will pass away,
24:09 but My words will by no means pass away."
24:13 You can take the word of God to the bank.
24:16 We can put our certainty, our faith.
24:19 We can put our confidence in God's word,
24:22 heaven and earth will pass away,
24:25 but God's word will never pass away.
24:28 This is true, this is faithful.
24:30 You and I can have total confidence
24:33 and 100 percent certainty in God's word,
24:36 and I thank God for His Word.
24:39 Notice these words from the Book of Isaiah 40:8,
24:42 "The grass withers, the flower fades,
24:46 But the word of our God stands" for how long?
24:49 "It stands forever."
24:51 God's word stands forever,
24:54 and I thank God that we have His word.
24:58 In Luke 21:25, this is the parallel passage
25:02 to Matthew 24 as I've mentioned along with Mark Chapter 13.
25:06 Here Jesus gives us these words.
25:09 Luke here fills in a few gaps that,
25:12 that Matthew misses out on, and here we read the words
25:16 "and there shall be distress of nations, with perplexity."
25:20 And once again, this is in the context of riot
25:23 at the end of time.
25:24 This world is described by Jesus
25:27 as a time where there will be great distress and perplexity.
25:31 I looked up those words distress and perplexity,
25:35 so that all could be sure of what Jesus was saying.
25:38 Notice these words
25:40 and they're just straight out of your dictionary,
25:42 extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.
25:46 Perplexity, the inability to deal with
25:49 or understand something.
25:50 Does that describe our time?
25:53 Does that describe the Titanic issues
25:56 that our world leaders are grappling with?
25:58 It absolutely does.
26:00 We're living in a time of great perplexity,
26:03 of great distress, and there are,
26:05 there are just too many questions
26:07 and not enough answers.
26:09 And things are becoming more and more strenuous.
26:12 Jesus went on in Luke 21:26,
26:16 "Men's hearts failing them from fear
26:20 and the expectation of those things
26:21 which are coming on the earth..."
26:23 Fear, what's another word for fear?
26:26 Terror, terror.
26:28 Anyone familiar with the word terror?
26:31 We absolutely are.
26:32 Sadly fear is part and parcel of life on planet earth today.
26:38 And notice what the dictionary defines fear as,
26:41 an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger,
26:45 pain, or harm.
26:47 So you put these three words together,
26:49 distress, perplexity, and fear,
26:52 and this is a perfect summary of the world
26:55 that we live in today.
26:57 We will never forget where we were
27:00 were or what was taking place in our lives
27:03 when September 11 took place.
27:06 We are all well familiar that it was on this day
27:10 that the world changed forever.
27:13 The newspaper headlines around the world.
27:17 This world will never be the same again.
27:22 Has the world changed since September 11?
27:24 Absolutely, this world has changed dramatically.
27:30 This Time Magazine back in 2010, December 6,
27:36 was an interesting magazine because it looked to compare
27:40 what this world was like in the year 2000
27:44 as to what it was like at the end of the first decade
27:48 of the third millennium at the end of 2009.
27:52 It had many statistics of different areas of life,
27:57 and I took a look at this very interesting statistic
28:01 which I want to share with you.
28:03 Terrorist attacks around the world.
28:06 In the year 2000,
28:08 there were 423 terrorist attacks around the world
28:13 that were recorded.
28:14 Notice, in 2009,
28:17 we have 11,000 terrorist attacks
28:22 recorded around the world,
28:24 almost four and a half thousand in Iraq
28:26 and Afghanistan alone.
28:28 Now let me ask you,
28:29 have the labor pains intensified?
28:31 Absolutely, absolutely.
28:33 You can clearly see that the distress, the fear,
28:37 the perplexity has intensified and today terrorism
28:43 is just part of life.
28:44 It's the new way of doing life.
28:47 You go to the airport, you go to the bus station,
28:50 you go to the restaurant, you go to wherever,
28:53 you fill in the blank and we have no idea
28:56 whether we will come home safely.
28:58 Terrorism today is sadly a household word,
29:02 wars and rumors of wars.
29:04 There is so much conflict.
29:05 In fact, it's become, it's become normal.
29:08 We can sit at home and eat our spaghetti,
29:12 we can eat our salad, we can eat our potatoes
29:15 and we can watch the news
29:16 and yes, there's another terrorist strike
29:18 somewhere in the Middle East or somewhere in Africa
29:20 and we're like whatever, pass me the potatoes.
29:24 We've become blasé, we've become conditioned,
29:27 we're used to it.
29:28 And unless a terrorist attack takes place
29:32 in the middle of one of our large cities here in Australia
29:35 or somewhere in the western world,
29:36 we don't even blink an eyelid.
29:38 It's just normal. It's normal.
29:42 That's the kind of world we're living in.
29:45 The refugee crisis.
29:48 Today, we have some 60 million people
29:52 that are displaced from their homes
29:54 due to war and conflict.
29:57 More so than any other time since World War II.
30:02 Today, today, this very day 40,000 people,
30:06 men, women and children will have to leave their homes
30:10 due to war and conflict.
30:12 We only see a little bit on the television,
30:14 it's not just in Europe.
30:17 It's not just coming out of the Middle East.
30:19 It's all over the world,
30:21 and so we're living in very, very difficult times.
30:24 Notice these words
30:25 from the Prime Minister of Australia
30:28 on the day before the election,
30:31 the day before the federal election.
30:33 He stated this on ABC Radio, I was driving,
30:37 and I mean, I was listening to an interview
30:39 with the Prime Minister,
30:41 and I stopped the car
30:42 and I jotted down these words that he shared,
30:45 so this is the day before the election,
30:47 July 1, 2016, "We are living in uncertain times.
30:52 We are experiencing unprecedented changes globally
30:56 at unprecedented speed."
30:58 And then he went on to state
31:00 that that's why the 23 million Australians
31:03 need to vote for my government
31:05 which will provide for security and stability
31:08 and blah, blah, blah.
31:12 He is stating, he is clearly stating
31:16 the times that we are living in.
31:18 We are indeed living in unprecedented times
31:23 of unprecedented instability.
31:29 Uncertain times, and that's why the search
31:32 for certainty begins and ends with Jesus.
31:36 The search for certainty begins and ends in God's Word.
31:41 The search for certainty begins and ends in the hope
31:44 that we have in Jesus.
31:47 It must begin there.
31:49 It must begin there, that is our only hope,
31:51 our only safety and security.
31:53 Notice this from page from Time Magazine
31:56 back in 2009 December 7, "The Decade From Hell.
32:02 Subtitle And Why the Next One will be Better.
32:06 When Time Magazine took a look at our first decade
32:09 of the new millennium, it described the first decade
32:13 of this third millennium that was supposed to be
32:15 an age of prosperity and peace for all,
32:19 as the decade from hell.
32:22 I don't know about you but this decade,
32:24 this new decade hasn't, hasn't done anything for me.
32:28 This was the front cover of Time Magazine
32:31 at the end of 2015 World War ISIS.
32:35 We've had World War I, we've had World War II.
32:38 And now we have World War ISIS.
32:42 The Apostle Paul spoke of our day
32:45 in 1 Thessalonians 5:3, "For when they say,
32:48 "Peace and safety!"
32:50 then sudden destruction comes upon them,
32:52 as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.
32:54 And they shall not escape."
32:56 Peace and safety, we are living in a time
33:00 when world leaders are seeking for peace and safety.
33:05 The United Nations, a place designed where,
33:09 where nations can come together and without war
33:13 and without conflict settle their disputes.
33:17 I find it interesting that the United Nations logo has,
33:22 has to two olive branches that circle the world.
33:26 These olive branches are symbol for what?
33:29 A symbol for peace, circling the world,
33:32 and yet we find ourselves living in a time
33:35 of less stability and less peace,
33:38 and less security and safety.
33:41 That is why the words of Jesus are the only words
33:45 that we can put our faith and trust in.
33:47 Notice these words from Jesus, in John 16:33, Jesus said,
33:52 "These things I have spoken to you,
33:54 that in Me you may have what, peace.
33:57 In the world you will have tribulation,
34:00 but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
34:04 In Jesus alone we can have peace.
34:07 Jesus here made it abundantly clear
34:10 that in this world we will have tribulation.
34:12 In this world we will have trouble.
34:14 In this world there will be distress,
34:17 there will be perplexity, there will be fear.
34:19 But Jesus says, in Me you can have peace.
34:23 And that's the wonderful assurance
34:25 that we have that in these uncertain times,
34:28 we can have peace in Jesus Christ, in Him alone.
34:32 He is the Prince of peace the Bible tells us.
34:35 The wonderful Prince of peace,
34:38 that is why Jesus is our only hope.
34:41 That is why we have the Apostle Paul
34:44 writing these wonderful words in Titus 2:13,
34:48 "Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing
34:52 of great God and Savior Jesus Christ."
34:55 That is why the second coming is the great and grand theme
35:00 that goes from one end of scripture
35:02 all the way to the other.
35:03 It appears more than 1500 times the coming of Jesus,
35:08 that is the blessed hope.
35:09 I pray for the government.
35:11 I pray for our politicians, but our politicians
35:13 don't have what it takes
35:15 to solve the titanic problems that this world faces.
35:18 Our only hope is in Jesus.
35:20 Our only hope is in His second coming.
35:23 That's why the Apostle Paul speaks of the second coming
35:25 as the blessed hope.
35:29 Let's take a look at another sign
35:31 that Jesus gave us.
35:32 We're gonna take a look at Signs in the World of Nature.
35:37 Jesus said, "And there will be famines,
35:39 pestilences, and earthquakes in various places."
35:43 Let's begin by taking a look at famines.
35:47 Today, one billion people in the world
35:53 don't have enough to eat.
35:55 I know that's something that you and I cannot comprehend
35:58 because we like those who live in the western world
36:02 live in a land of plenty.
36:05 We have problems here because we eat too much.
36:08 Not because we don't eat enough.
36:11 But sadly, one billion people are going to bed
36:14 hungry every night.
36:16 That is those who manage to make it through the day.
36:20 Some 20,000 people die every single day
36:23 due to hunger related diseases,
36:26 and most of them as you're aware are children.
36:30 Jesus talked about pestilences.
36:32 What are pestilences?
36:34 Well, pestilences are strange and overwhelming diseases
36:39 that affect huge population masses.
36:43 One pestilence that we've had
36:45 and some of you may be familiar with it
36:47 was the Black Death or the Black Plague
36:50 that swept through Europe
36:53 where, where some 75 to 200 million people
36:57 lost their lives during those years in the 1400s
37:02 when the Black Plague just, just took the lives
37:06 of millions and millions and millions of people.
37:09 We are living now in a time where a pestilence
37:14 of such significance could sweep the world
37:19 in a matter of hours literally
37:21 with the way that we travel today.
37:24 You know, you can be from one side of the world
37:26 to the other side of the world in a day, isn't that right?
37:28 In 24 hours, and so disease today
37:31 can spread like at no other time in human history.
37:36 The Zika Virus, we're familiar with that currently,
37:40 but there have been many others,
37:41 and who knows what's going to take place tomorrow.
37:44 Who knows what virus will be on the radar tomorrow,
37:48 or next week, or next month.
37:51 It's a mysterious illness with devastating effects.
37:54 Is the next public health crisis
37:56 in your backyard who knows?
37:58 Who knows?
37:59 That's the uncertain world that we live in.
38:03 But once again, I thank God that in His word,
38:07 we can have peace and security.
38:09 In His word, we can have hope.
38:12 In His word, no matter what happens around us as we,
38:15 as we look at the words of Jesus earlier,
38:17 we can have peace.
38:19 We can have peace in these uncertain times.
38:23 This was an article that I stumbled across
38:26 as I was doing a little bit of research
38:28 in this area entitled, it was from National Geographic
38:31 back in 2015 January 14,
38:35 Mass Animal Die-Offs are on the Rise,
38:38 Killing Billions and Raising Questions.
38:41 And then the subtitle there, "Huge animal die-offs
38:44 along with disease outbreaks and other population stresses,
38:47 are happening more often.
38:50 We're not to be surprised because Jesus gave us
38:53 that analogy of labor pains.
38:56 And so we had to expect
38:57 that just before the coming of Jesus,
39:00 there will be more disease, there will be more war,
39:04 there will be more famine,
39:06 there will be more of all these signs
39:09 that Jesus gave to us before His coming.
39:12 So we're not to be surprised,
39:14 because these things are all designed
39:16 to help us realize that the coming of Jesus is near.
39:20 This was a very concerning, Time Magazine front cover,
39:26 A World Without Bees back in 2013, August 19,
39:31 A World Without Bees.
39:33 The price we'll pay if we don't figure out
39:36 what's killing the honeybee.
39:37 Are you aware that, that we're losing
39:39 millions and millions and possibly billions of bees?
39:43 They have been wiped out.
39:44 I have a brother-in-law who operates a large farm
39:51 there in Queensland,
39:52 he grows berries and raspberries and figs,
39:55 and he was sharing with me just the other day,
39:57 that he is having to pay more and more for the bees
40:01 that are being placed there on his farm
40:02 that he has to pay for in order to pollinate his fruit.
40:08 He's having to pay more and more
40:10 because there is less and less to go around,
40:13 and so imagine a world without bees.
40:17 Well, I can't imagine a world without bees,
40:19 we'd be in a whole heap of trouble, isn't that right?
40:21 The bees are the very foundation
40:24 for our food supply as we are all well aware.
40:28 The Apostle Paul in the Book of Romans
40:30 summed up this world in his day,
40:33 let alone in our day.
40:35 Romans 8:22, "For we know that the whole creation groans
40:39 and labors with birth pangs together until now."
40:44 The Apostle Paul here is saying that
40:46 all of creation is laboring.
40:48 He's using those same words that Jesus used of labor pains.
40:51 He's using the same words that the Apostle Paul used
40:55 when he spoke of the time of the end
40:58 when this world will experience
41:00 labor pains such it has never experienced before.
41:04 The whole world, the whole creation is groaning,
41:08 and as we take a look at this world
41:11 whether it be, whether it be the environment,
41:14 whether it be some of the things
41:15 taking place in the natural world,
41:17 natural disasters in whatever sphere of life,
41:20 as we take a look at,
41:22 we can we can see that things are not right
41:23 and this world is groaning.
41:26 Climate change, we're all familiar
41:28 with climate change, and yes,
41:29 there are those that believe that climate change is manmade
41:34 as in we have a lot that we have contributed
41:37 towards the rise in temperature
41:40 and the rise in natural disasters.
41:42 Then there are those that are saying,
41:44 "Well, it's just, it's just the way it is
41:46 and we don't really have too much."
41:49 I do know that today this world is experiencing distress
41:53 on a scale that it is not, not seen in a long, long time.
41:59 The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
42:02 of the United Nations
42:04 speaking of climate change, he said that,
42:07 "Humanity has never faced a greater challenge."
42:11 And it's true.
42:13 The last 15 years, some of you will be aware of this,
42:15 for the last 15 years,
42:16 each year has been the hottest on record.
42:18 You remember hearing that? We hear that every year.
42:21 We hear that every year since records began in 1880.
42:24 This is what...
42:26 This is what the scientists are telling us,
42:28 the weather people since 1880,
42:32 from the year 2001 all the way to today,
42:36 every year has been getting hotter and hotter
42:39 and hotter and hotter,
42:41 and last year was the hottest on record 15 years in a row.
42:47 In fact, I saw an article just recently
42:50 that in the Middle East temperatures were reaching
42:52 60 degrees Celsius.
42:55 Now for our viewers that are, that are watching
42:59 and they only deal with Fahrenheit,
43:00 I'm not quite sure what that is,
43:02 I should have probably found that out earlier,
43:04 it's probably up around 120 or somewhere there 130,
43:06 I don't know 125, 60 degrees Celsius
43:10 and it's, and it's, it's at the point
43:13 where humans cannot exist in that kind of heat.
43:16 We struggle with 40 degrees, let alone 60 degrees.
43:21 Then just a few days ago, I looked at,
43:25 I looked at an article
43:26 that was speaking of these devastating floods
43:29 that were taking place there in the United States.
43:32 And I spoke of these floods
43:34 as one in a thousand year flood.
43:37 The only problem with that one in a thousand year flood
43:40 is that we're beginning to hear that more and more often.
43:43 Isn't that right?
43:44 It used to be one in a decade.
43:46 Then one in a century flood.
43:49 Now it's what?
43:50 One in a one thousand year flood.
43:54 It's just happening more and more and more.
43:59 Today, I do know one thing,
44:02 regardless of what the climate change debate
44:06 may center on.
44:09 Regardless of what one group says
44:12 or one group doesn't say.
44:13 I do know that we are indeed destroying our environment.
44:17 When I look at our waterways, when I look at our seas,
44:21 when I look at our rivers, when I look at out...
44:23 Well, when I, when I smell out air
44:26 especially in our large cities,
44:28 I can tell that something is not right.
44:30 We are indeed destroying our environment.
44:33 What did the Book of Revelation say,
44:36 "And that you should destroy those who destroy the earth."
44:38 We are doing a great
44:40 and grand job in destroying our environment.
44:42 We ought to be looking after this environment.
44:45 This world was given to us, not to, not to use and abuse,
44:49 but this world was given to us by God for us to take care of.
44:54 We are, we are to be carers,
44:58 we are to take care of this world
45:00 that God has given to us.
45:04 But God is one day preparing a new world,
45:07 He's preparing a new world.
45:09 You see regardless of how well we take care of this world,
45:13 the truth is that this world will never ever be
45:16 what God designed it to be.
45:18 I love these words in the Book of Revelation 21:1,
45:21 at the end of the Bible,
45:23 "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth," writes John.
45:26 "For the first heaven and the first earth
45:28 had passed away.
45:29 Also there was no more sea."
45:31 Aren't you looking forward to that day
45:33 when God will create a new heaven and a new earth?
45:37 Yes, we need to take care of this world,
45:39 but this world sadly cannot be fixed up by humans.
45:46 No matter how hard we try and we ought to do all we can,
45:49 but this world needs God to intervene
45:53 to create a new heaven and a new earth.
45:55 Let's take a look at
45:57 what Jesus had to say regarding earthquakes.
46:00 Now, I find it interesting that Jesus chose earthquakes
46:05 and He focused His attention on earthquakes.
46:07 He could have looked at floods,
46:09 He could have looked at cyclones,
46:11 He could have looked at hurricanes,
46:14 He could have looked at a number of fires.
46:17 He could have looked at a number
46:19 of other disasters that that destroy...
46:22 That destroyed buildings and destroy,
46:25 destroy things around us
46:26 and take life but He focused on earthquakes.
46:30 I've been asking myself why earthquakes,
46:32 and I came to the conclusion that the reason why
46:34 Jesus spoke of earthquakes is earthquakes
46:37 that is the only,
46:39 that is the only natural disaster
46:41 that you have no warning for.
46:42 Have you ever thought about that?
46:44 That's the only natural disaster
46:45 you have no warning for.
46:47 If there's a fire coming, you have some time.
46:49 Even if there is a...
46:51 If there's a flood coming,
46:52 there's been lots of rain or so on and so forth.
46:54 If there's a cyclone, if there's a hurricane brewing,
46:57 you have some warning, you have time to prepare.
47:00 But an earthquake is the only natural disaster
47:02 you have no time to prepare.
47:04 You have to be ready right now.
47:08 Earthquakes, they claim the lives
47:13 of more people than any other natural disaster
47:16 because of the horrible destruction
47:18 that follows an earthquake.
47:20 Now, when it comes to earthquakes,
47:21 I want to take a look at
47:24 what's been happening in the world,
47:26 especially in the past 100 years.
47:30 Because you see when it comes to earthquakes,
47:33 the skeptics and the scoffers will simply say, earthquakes,
47:36 they're not really signs at all.
47:39 You can't say that 200 years ago,
47:41 there were like five earthquakes recorded
47:43 and this year there were 20,000 earthquakes record
47:46 because today we have the technology,
47:48 today we have these fancy-dancy apparatus that can,
47:52 that can pick up an earthquake even if it's tiny
47:57 that no one else can pick up.
47:58 But these instruments can pick it up
48:00 even though a human being may not be able to pick it up,
48:02 and so that's fair enough.
48:04 So I thought, yeah, that's true.
48:05 So I decided that I was going
48:08 to take a look at great earthquakes.
48:10 You see, I spent some time in New Zealand.
48:12 Anyone here from New Zealand?
48:14 Yes, I know there are some people from New Zealand.
48:17 New Zealand by the way
48:18 is the most beautiful country in the world.
48:21 And I lived there for six years,
48:23 I had a wonderful time there,
48:25 one of our children were born there,
48:27 and a beautiful place,
48:28 Kiwis are just the most friendly,
48:30 the most beautiful people in the world.
48:31 If there's any Kiwis out there watching,
48:33 you are just the most beautiful people in the world.
48:35 Although I'm Australian and I was born here,
48:37 but I just love the Kiwis,
48:39 and if it wasn't for their horrible beaches
48:42 especially where I live and the cold weather
48:44 and being so far away from home and family,
48:47 I would live there for the rest of my life.
48:49 But anyway, I'm in New Zealand
48:51 and I became well acquainted with earthquakes.
48:55 Sadly, as we're well aware
48:57 New Zealand suffered a horrific earthquake
48:59 a few years ago,
49:01 where 100 something 150, 60 people
49:03 lost their lives there in Christchurch.
49:05 And I remember the first earthquake
49:07 that hit whilst we were living in Palmerston north,
49:10 towards the bottom end of the North Island,
49:13 just north of Wellington,
49:14 and it was the middle of the day
49:16 and this earthquake hit and my wife was in the kitchen,
49:20 I was just there in the, in the laundry
49:23 and everything started to shake.
49:25 I've never been in an earthquake before,
49:26 everything started to shake
49:28 and my wife comes out from the kitchen towards me
49:31 and she gives me such an enormous hug
49:34 such as she's never given me before in our whole life.
49:38 And I was like, "Oh, thank you for the earthquake, Lord."
49:45 As I thought about earthquakes,
49:48 I decided I was going to take a look at
49:51 what Jesus had to say about earthquake.
49:52 You've seen Luke 21:11,
49:57 Jesus said, "There will be what?
50:00 Great earthquakes in various places."
50:02 So I decided to take a look at the great earthquakes,
50:05 the earthquakes that you don't need a fancy-dancy
50:08 bit of equipment to tell you that
50:09 there's an earthquake going on.
50:12 But that, you know an earthquake is going on,
50:15 it's a huge earthquake.
50:16 I decided to take a look at the mega titanic earthquakes
50:21 in the last 100 years.
50:22 So I went to the United States Geological Society website,
50:28 they're the official earthquake monitoring station.
50:32 And I punched in great earthquakes
50:36 in the past 100 years,
50:37 from the year 1900 up until our day.
50:41 And I discovered that
50:42 there have been 17 great earthquakes
50:46 8.5 on the Richter scale and greater
50:48 that have taken place from 1900-1912.
50:52 Notice, from 1900-1999,
50:57 so for the last 100 years, for the,
50:59 in the 20th century,
51:01 we had 11 earthquakes measuring 8.5 and greater.
51:06 From 2000-2012 we had 6,
51:09 so one in every ten years in the last century
51:13 and so far up until 2012 we've had one every two years.
51:19 Now, that tells me
51:20 that the labor pains are intensifying.
51:22 Notice 9.0 and greater.
51:26 Between 1900-1999 we had three.
51:29 Thus far in the last 12 years, we've had 2, great earthquakes.
51:35 This is a sure sign, a sure sign
51:38 that Jesus is on His way.
51:41 Notice what Jesus said in Luke 21:28,
51:43 "Now when these things begin to happen,
51:45 look up and lift up your heads, because what,
51:48 your redemption is drawing near."
51:51 When you see all these things taking place,
51:53 when you see earthquakes, when you see commotion,
51:55 when you see all the graphs heading north,
51:59 then you know that my coming is near even at the doors.
52:04 So it's not a time for us to be down and discouraged.
52:07 It's not a time for us to look at one another.
52:09 No, it's a time now for us to look up
52:12 because our redemption is drawing near.
52:15 Jesus is about to come.
52:17 Those labor pains are about to come to the very end.
52:20 The baby is about to be born.
52:23 And in fact, this is what 2 Peter 3:13 says,
52:27 "Nevertheless we, according to His promise,
52:30 look for a new heavens and a new thing
52:32 which righteousness dwells."
52:34 This is the great and grand promise
52:36 that God has for those that put their faith
52:38 and trust in Him.
52:39 There is a new heaven and a new earth
52:41 in which righteousness dwells.
52:43 There will no longer be any more pain
52:45 and suffering and sorrow, that will be gone forever more.
52:48 But righteousness that which is right,
52:51 that which is part of God's plan,
52:53 that which is part of God's will,
52:54 that which is part of God's original design for us
52:57 will be ushered in righteousness,
52:59 everlasting righteousness.
53:01 I love this promise at the back of the Bible
53:04 in Revelation 21:4, "And God will wipe away what,
53:09 every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death,
53:12 nor sorrow, nor crying.
53:14 There shall be no more pain, for the former things
53:17 have passed away."
53:18 Don't you long for that day?
53:20 Don't you long for the day when they will be no more war,
53:22 there will be no more pain,
53:24 there will be no more hungry children,
53:26 there will be no more families having to leave their homes
53:28 because of all the pain and the suffering,
53:31 and the war and the conflict that is raging around them.
53:34 There will be no more earthquakes.
53:38 No more, no more,
53:40 the former things have passed away.
53:46 I love this story I'm about to share with you.
53:51 This story that tells us
53:53 how close we are to the coming of Jesus
53:56 and what we can learn from the story of Tillie Smith.
54:00 Tillie Smith, Tillie Smith along with her family
54:06 left England back in 2004 to head to warmer parts
54:12 to enjoy their Christmas holidays.
54:15 And Tillie along with mom and dad
54:17 and a seven year old sister, went to Phuket
54:21 there in Thailand
54:22 to enjoy and celebrate Christmas together
54:25 on those beautiful sandy beaches
54:27 and enjoy that beautiful warm water
54:29 and that warm climate.
54:32 Tillie Smith is a hero, a eleven year old Tillie Smith
54:36 back then she was eleven in 2004 she is a hero.
54:41 She had the opportunity of meeting
54:43 the president of the United States of America,
54:45 at the time President Bill Clinton.
54:48 Why is she a hero?
54:50 Why did Tillie Smith meet the president
54:53 of the most powerful nation on earth?
54:55 You see on Boxing Day, 2004 as Tillie Smith was playing
55:01 there on the sand with her sister,
55:04 she all of a sudden noticed the water beginning to recede
55:09 there at the beach that they were on,
55:11 there were bubbles, the boats were bobbing up and down
55:13 and immediately Tillie Smith remembered
55:16 what her geography teacher had taught her
55:19 and her classmates two weeks before
55:21 signs before a tsunami strikes.
55:24 She saw all the signs and immediately she recognized
55:29 that a tsunami was on its way.
55:30 She went to her mother and father and she told him,
55:32 mom and dad, there is a tsunami coming.
55:35 Whilst, whilst the rest of the beach goers
55:38 were fascinated by what was taking place
55:41 and were out there busy collecting shells
55:43 and everything that had been left behind
55:46 as the water receded.
55:48 Tillie Smith was calling for a warning.
55:52 Her parents took her seriously thank God,
55:54 they gave the warning to the lifeguards,
55:56 they evacuated every single person
55:59 within a matter of minutes.
56:00 And that was one of the only beaches,
56:02 one of the very few beaches
56:05 where not one person lost their lives.
56:08 Tillie Smith gave the warning, she saw the signs,
56:12 she gave the warning and through her act of bravery,
56:16 she saved 100 people, she saved a 100 people.
56:21 Jesus has given us warnings there in His word.
56:24 He wants us to be ready.
56:26 Not just us to be ready,
56:27 He wants us to prepare others to be ready also.
56:30 Would you like to be ready for the coming of Jesus?
56:32 Would you like to be like Tillie Smith
56:34 and encourage others to be ready for the coming of Jesus?
56:38 If that's your desire,
56:39 why don't you join me as we pray.
56:41 Father in heaven, we just want
56:42 to thank You so much for Your word.
56:44 We want to thank You so much for the promises You've given.
56:47 Thank you for the signs You have given
56:49 because You love us and You want us to be ready.
56:51 Bless us now as we, as we continue this journey
56:55 with you Lord, keep us close to You always
56:58 in Jesus' name we pray, amen.